Snacking without packets.

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Following on cleaning up my children's diets after the school holidays, this blog looks at our standard nutritious snacks. Healthy, convenient snacks for children are so important as you never know when a child is going to decide they are hungry and it can be easy to just reach for what ever is at hand, that is not always going to nourish our growing ones.  Grabbing something at the nearest coffee shop or convenience store 99% of the time is not going to be a wholefood that will provide the best building blocks for the child. This also goes for almost anything out of a packet! Processed, not quality ingredients and normally containing flavours, colourings and additives, these foods are actually detrimental to our beautiful children. In my experience children like it simple and often this is how food tastes the best!

photo 1KALE CHIPS

These babies go down a treat, even with my fussy one. They are crunchy, tasty and full of goodness.

You simply pull the kale leaves off the stems and put them on a baking tray. Cover them lightly with oil and salt and mix it all in. Put them in an oven that is preheated to 200C and cook for 10-15 minutes.

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VEGGIE STICKS WITH DIPS

This is really a daily stock standard in our house and I believe is one of the most basic and best snacks for kiddies. FRESH VEGETABLES! So simple, which I find children normally prefer but also so nutritious.

We use carrots, capsicum (all the colours), snow peas, cucumbers, baby corns, string beans, celery etc. Make a rainbow plate of these and add in a dip, such as guacamole, tahini, hummus, beetroot for extra. Here I just squashed and mixed avocado and a little salt and lemon as my children prefer plain- but that makes it easier and it still tastes great!

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ACTIVATED NUTS AND BERRIES

I constantly carry around a container of mixed activated nuts. This means they have been soaked over night to get rid of the layer of phytates and enzyme inhibitors that make them hard to digest. Mix it up. There are so many great tasting nuts that nature has provided us with! My children especially love the Roasted Tamari Almonds for a treat and it always helps to have a few dried organic berries mixed in with children:)

 

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CHIA SEED PUDDING WITH BLUEBERRIES

Chia Seeds are a favourite in our house as they are packed full of protein, calcium and iron. For a quick snack for the kids you can make them into a yummy pudding:)

  • 1/3 cup of Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup of almond milk or coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • handful of blueberries

Add it all together (without the blueberries) and mix well in a jar or cup and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes. Take it out and the chia seeds will of expanded into a pudding like texture. Add the blueberries and mix them gently through. You can get creative with these, adding cacao, shredded coconut, raspberries etc., but my children like them simple.

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HOMEMADE BANANA AND CINNAMON ICYPOLES

One of the big aspects I had to pull myself up on during summer was getting our children packaged icy poles while down at the beach or park. My sons tantrums afterwards were always a tell tale sign of what they were doing to his system. Already after a few weeks of cutting them completely out, they are no longer requesting them and have been happy experimenting on new recipes at home.

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 dates
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Mix them all in a blender and freeze into the icy pole moulds. We also loved adding strawberries, raspberries, cacao:) I love them as a sweet for myself!

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 SWEET POTATO CHIPS (with a side of "Zucchini Chips" :)

An easy afterschool snack, cover the sweet potatoes with organic olive oil and salt and roast for 15 minutes. I add the zucchini it is one of the only ways they will eat it.

 

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RICE CRACKERS WITH GREAT TOPPINGS

I love nut spreads and always have a wide range at home. Cashew, ABC (Almond, Brazil, Cashew), Almond and Chia, Hazelnut etc. It is a great way to boost protein, omega 3 and mineral intake and tastes great with some greens, such as rocket or sprouts on top of a cracker. For a sweet treat mix tahini and maple syrup on a rice cracker:) (Always make sure the maple syryp is 100% pure because if not they are often full of rubbish!)

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GOOD OLD SIMPLE FRUIT

A whole piece of fruit or cut up into slices. You really can't beat it for a healthy, yummy snack for children. Buy organic when possible to avoid pesticide residue.

 

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BLISS BALLS

These are a great way to hide the bits and pieces that your children might not eat. Think walnuts, goji berries or you can even add a sprouted protein powder if you are into those.

  • 1 cup of Oats
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • 3 pitted prunes
  • 2 tbsps of cacao powder
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 cup of goji berries
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil

Pop it all into a food processor and mix for a couple of minutes. Then roll them into balls and coat in coconut... let the kids get involved as it is fun and easy!